Fairfax County, in coordination with the surrounding Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, conducted its 2021 Point-In-Time Count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on January 27, 2021. This highly coordinated effort provides critical data on the numbers of Fairfax County residents living in shelters, in time-limited transitional housing programs as well as those unsheltered and living on the street in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. There were 1,222 people experiencing homelessness in Fairfax County on the night of the 2021 Point-in-Time Count. This is an increase of 17 percent (181 people) from the 2020 Point-in-Time Count, in which there were 1,041 people identified as experiencing homelessness. The increase is primarily attributable to the increase in the community's capacity to provide shelter with increased federal emergency funding associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the commendable efforts of service providers to care for unstably housed community members.
The Point-in-Time count dashboard (see below) includes:
- The total number of people identified as experiencing homelessness between the 2005 and 2021 Point-in-Time Counts;
- The Point-in-Time Count demographics between 2017 and 2021; and
- The shelter and housing capacity compiled as part of the Housing Inventory Counts conducted between 2005 and 2021.
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- Data can be viewed by different characteristics such as year, population, or project type.
- Note, there are three screens of data available; click the ">" below to advance to each screen